July 2011

The Martin Family Visit…

by on Aug.01, 2011, under August 2011, Brenna, General, July 2011, Nicklas

CJ, Martha and Logan came into town to celebrate John’s 70th birthday and J&C’s 45th wedding anniversay.  They got in on Thursday the 28th in the evening.  Friday was spent hanging out at Mimi and Papa’s house and then a trip to the beach.

Logan, Brenna and Nicklas finished the day at the beach by building a sand castle of sorts.





















After the beach and a clean up, it was back to Mimi and Papa’s house for dinner and dessert.  Of course, we had to watch the traditional family get together movie….National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation……

On Saturday, it was a lazy day and church.  Then a trip to the Tellico Village Yacht Club for a nice dinner and presents.  Sunday was spent visiting at Paul and Michaela’s.  A very nice weekend.

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Happy Birthday Michaela

by on Jul.26, 2011, under July 2011, Michaela

Michaela wanted Red Robin for dinner….this is what they delivered along with the birthday song the wait staff sang!



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The Meyer family visit….

by on Jul.26, 2011, under July 2011

Michaela’s parents came down for the weekend of her birthday.  They came down on Friday the 22nd and we went to dinner at Chili’s.  On Saturday, we made a trip to Sweetwater and hit the cheese factory and the sock shop, of course.  Sunday was spent hanging around the house and a trip to Wal Mart for Paul and Sitay.  Then for dinner on Sunday, Grumpa and Sitay took Michaela and family to Red Robin’s (yummmmm) for dinner.  The wait staff brought a sundae and sang “Happy Birthday”.  Monday was another lazy day for the most part.  Paul, Michaela and Grumpa went to the F.O.P range and fired off a few rounds before heading back to the house.

On Tuesday morning, Sitay and Grumpa set out for Michigan.  It was a nice visit and we believe a good time was had by all!


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Movies and such….

by on Jul.17, 2011, under July 2011

Friday, July 15th, the new and final Harry Potter movie came out.  Michaela tried to get tickets for the midnight showing, but they were sold out.  So, she went at noon and left the kids with Paul.

On Saturday, the kids got their hair cut for school and got to watch a tug boat push some barges into the lock at the dam.   Brenna was invited to Makayla’s to spend the night (Makayla doesn’t like to sleep away from her house).  It was a quiet day at home with Michaela, Paul and Nick.  During dinner, Transformers 3 – Dark of the Moon was brought up and it was decided that Nick and Michaela would go see it.  They both thought it was good and Nick was wide awake when they got home.  Oops! What happened to the little boy who falls asleep in the car?!

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Shuttle Atlantis Final Launch 7-8-11

by on Jul.08, 2011, under General, July 2011

For those who may have missed the final launch of the shuttle Atlantis, we have it right here:

Space Shuttle Atlantis Final Launch

It is a large file and may not stream well. You are welcome to try by clicking on the above link. Otherwise, right click on the link, select Save Target As, and save the file to your machine.

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Cars II

by on Jul.08, 2011, under Brenna, July 2011, Michaela, Nicklas

Brenna, Nicklas, & Michaela went to see Cars II Thursday, July 7th.  They all enjoyed the movie but aren’t really allowed to talk about it – at least while Paul is around – as Paul hasn’t seen it yet, wants to, and doesn’t want to deal with a spoiler!

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Fourth of July weekend

by on Jul.06, 2011, under All, July 2011

Nick and Brenna got invited to Makayla’s house for the holiday festivities.  They went over on Saturday afternoon armed with bathing suits, towels, shorts and p.j’s, socks and shoes.  Michaela forgot to pack shirts for both of them (Oops!).  Not that they really needed them as they were living in their bathing suits…..

They started the weekend with a picnic (BBQ)/birthday party and swimming at Makayla’s grandparents house in Sweetwater.  They finished the night with fireworks and got back very late, around 12:30.  No one got to sleep before 2:30am Sunday!  They were up and at it again on Sunday about 8am!  Both ate a great breakfast of pancakes, waffles, eggs and bacon.

Sunday was partially spent at Makayla’s house with the trampoline and swing set.  The girls were running all over.  Nick was playing Game Cube with Michael, Makayla’s dad.  Later on Sunday, they went over to Makayla’s uncles’ house for more swimming, paddle boat rides, and a cookout.

When Michaela went to pick them up Sunday evening, they were tired, dirty and grinning from ear to ear.  Neither one wanted to come home……  They must have been good and very well behaved as the invitation to come over again was extended to both and Makayla asked if Michaela could bring Nick over the next time Brenna came!

You might be asking what Paul and Michaela were doing with no kids for two days…..Well, we went out to eat at Calhoun’s.  We also went to the pet store to get a nursery for the baby fish that we noticed swimming in the tank.  We think we have baby angel fish.  Michaela decided that the kids needed to have hermit crabs as pets and got one for each.  After the pet store we went to Border’s and picked up a few books.  It was a nice night.  Sunday was spent relaxing and watching a couple of movies after cutting the lawn.

On the actual 4th of July, Michaela had to baby-sit and it was just a day at home for the family with a couple of additions.


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